1 killed, 3 injured in explosion in California

1 killed, 3 injured in explosion in California

LOS ANGELES - An explosion that rocked a Southern California medical office building on Tuesday, killing a woman and injuring three other people, is being investigated as intentional and investigators believe the blast may have come from a package, a USA official told The Associated Press.

A US official says a deadly explosion at a Southern California office building is being investigated as an intentional act and investigators believe the blast may have come from a package.

The Orange County Fire Authority said one person who was inside the building in Aliso Viejo died at the scene.

Orange County first responders investigate the scene of an explosion in Aliso Viejo, Calif., on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

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There was no initial indication of terrorism, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The explosion, in a normally tranquil South Orange County city, prompted the evacuation of nearby businesses and a school filled with children, officials said.

The Orange County Fire Authority said the explosion occurred from inside the two-story building at 11 Mareblu Tuesday shortly after 1 p.m.

Bommarito said one of the injured people suffered from smoke inhalation, but the extent of the other victims' injuries was unknown.

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"The corner of that building, the whole bottom floor is pretty much blown out", fire Capt. OCFA said a bomb squad was sent in to assess the situation and investigate the cause of the blast.

He said buildings in the area had been damaged by the blast. McWilliams says one woman had skin peeling on her arm.

By mid-afternoon, officials said they did not believe there was any further threat to the community. The other woman was burned and her head was bleeding.

Fennessy says children at a daycare across the street were not injured. They expected a lengthy investigation to determine the cause. Babies were seen being wheeled out of the facility in cribs, and toddlers held hands with each other and firefighters as they walked to a nearby Target for safety.

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